US secretary of state John Kerry looks over papers while flying from Jordan to Iraq today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry today endorsed Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s plans to mend Baghdad’s relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and s(...)

Incoming Iraqi prime ministerHaider al-Abadi  was once  in charge of servicing BBC’s lifts, the British broadcaster has said. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

He may have taken a step up in the world this week but Iraq’s incoming prime minister was once known for his downs as well as his ups, as the man in c(...)

A displaced man and a woman from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Iran turned its back on Nouri al-Maliki yesterday, and congratulated his designated successor as prime minister of Iraq, paving the way for Mr Maliki’(...)

 An Iraqi man reads a daily newspaper fronted with news on the nomination of new Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi at a street in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Ali Abba/EPA

Iraq’s new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran today as he called on political leader(...)

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